Every so often certain changes in technology leave us thinking – eyes wide and jaw open, unable to fully grasp its depth. Such is the PAO (Paperless Aviation Operation) initiative started by IATA (International Air Transport Association), the premier organization that shapes industry policy and standards in aviation.
Paperless operation is not simply about one not using paper; rather it’s one where the aircraft itself is capable of “talking” directly to the pilot and its maintenance crew.
A Golden Opportunity
You could argue the case of proper documentation for safety and you may drive your point home. And yet, the IATA initiative itself is brilliant; its business case, even more compelling.
From the onset, know that plane crashes are getting rarer by the year. In spite of the global attention recent air disasters like the MH-370 has drawn, plane crashes are simply few and far between. Recent IATA data show there were but 1,328 deaths per 3 billion or so air travelers in 2014 – extremely low, compared to other forms of transportation.
And yet, one thing has stood out like a sore thumb in many of these air disasters: poor maintenance. The use of older, poorly-maintained planes has become a major source of aviation headache over the years.
Paperless operation should minimize all this. PAO simply means all necessary maintenance documentation is available for reference electronically. Checking on the health of a plane is faster and more accurate as the aircraft’s major parts themselves have e-records.
Prepping for Paperless
To gain mastery of such a sweeping initiative, any aviation student would benefit from paperless training systems, agrees My Flight Solutions. A pilot in training, for instance, would master the ropes of PAO practicing inside a paperless cockpit. Such an advanced full flight simulator prepares him for the real thing.
Paperless instruction systems alongside capable trainers enhance future careers of aviation students no matter the field of expertise – whether as a technician or as a pilot. With such powerful training software, student trainees acquaint themselves with flight deck equipment and controls, becoming adept at systems manipulation in the process.